Reiterating that the Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) would have a unified campus, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said that the issue was so much publicized by few opposition leaders that the fate of the institution had been hanging fire for five years.
“It was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that floated the idea of having two campuses of the CUHP, one in Dharamsala and other in Dehra. This led to the delay in setting up varsity's permanent campus,” alleged Virbhadra, while addressing a public meeting at Jawalamukhi.
Taking pot shot at BJP, chief minister said that the saffron party played cheap politics on the issue as wanted the major part of the university to come up in Hamirpur parliamentary segment at Dehra, even as it was allotted to Kangra.
Asserting that he would not allow two campuses of the university, Virbhadra said that the final decision lied with the central government.
“The people, who follow the path of divide and rule, may be termed as politicians, but they were not true benefactors of the people,” said Virbhadra, in a covert attack on opposition.
Virbhadra expressed hope that the central assistance would keep coming unabated as it was the
responsibility of the Centre to assist all the states irrespective of the party in power. “Besides, we have cordial relation with the Centre,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chief minister announced opening of sub-divisional police officers (SDPO) office at Jawalamukhi and up-gradation of Government Middle School Amb Salhettar, Bandol, Dol (Kathog) and Chaukath. He also announced CT-Scan facility on public private partnership (PPP) bases at the civil hospital in Jawalamukhi.
The chief minister, who is on a week-long visit to attend the winter session of Vidhan Sabha beginning at Dharamsala on Firday, made a day's halt at Jawalamukhi and laid the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 16 crore.
The chief minster directed the authorities to complete all works in a stipulated time period. He was accompanied by urban development minister Sudhir Sharma, chief parliamentary secretary Nand Lal, vice- chairman of HP Freedom Fighters Welfare Board Sushil Rattan and local MLA Sanjay Rattan.
Earlier in the morning, the chief minister paid obeisance at famous shrine the Jalwalamukhi temple.